Mark Fenske and Tom Boucher, the principal partners, both got their start in the Restaurant & Hospitality business working to support themselves while in school. Although at different times and places, both partners were drawn into the fun, excitement, and camaraderie of the restaurant business, and soon 'burgers' won out over 'books.'
In the late '70s (wow, that's old), Mark started as a line cook with TGI Friday's in Boston. He managed TGIF for several years and came to the conclusion that working for a 'corporate chain' was a recipe of 'corporate nonsense', way too impersonal and uncaring. Shortly after, he teamed up with two others to open T-BONES Great American Eatery and Drinkery in Salem, NH, in 1984. Almost 25 years later, it has remained as a monumental success. If you are a burger lover and you haven't tried Mark's creation, the MAF BURGER you are really missing out!
The Hudson location was opened in 1986, where later Tom Boucher took a food server position upon graduation from college. Although Tom had earned a full academic scholarship to a prestigious graduate school, he finished only the first semester, returned to T-BONES to earn a little extra cash during the holiday break. This could be called the the longest holiday break ever for Tom, as he gave up his scholarship and never went back.
After the 3rd T-BONES opened in Bedford (1989), Tom and Mark collaborated to open Cactus Jack's (CJ's) in 1995 in Manchester, a 4th T-BONES in Derry in 2004 and the first 'dual' concept restaurant in New Hampshire, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia during 2007.
Dan Fraser joined the partnership in 2008 after holding just about every position in the company for the past 20 years. Ironically Dan too was attending college at Johnson and Wales University and T-BONES was his vessel to earn money through college. In 1985 Dan decided to stay on and become a kitchen manager at only 19 years old. After holding just about every position in our company including executive chef for many years, Dan's culinary knowledge has shaped the menus we know and love today.
Great NH Restaurants, Inc. was created in 2008 as the marketing and management company solely dedicated to T-BONES and Cactus Jack's. Its role is to provide each restaurant with the functions and efficiencies of a 'chain' while allowing each location to maintain itself as locally owned, independent restaurant, keeping the core values of serving quality, fresh, appealing products by a staff that feels more like family than employee, and wrapping our arms around the neighborhoods and customers that the restaurants take pride in being a part of.
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We work harder, and you can taste it! When we say it's "homemade," we mean made-from-scratch®. We develop all of our recipes in our own kitchens, making every sauce, soup, salad dressing, and dessert, right down to hand-peeling potatoes for our own creamy mashed potatoes or our signature Yukon Gold Potato Chips! Now that's Good 'n' Fresh!® We stock our kitchens with remarkably fresh ingredients (most from NH-based companies), including our own Reserve Premium Choice Beef, exceptionally fresh Prime Seafood , delivered to us only hours after being received from the sea, and our garden-fresh produce delivered daily.
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2013 Hospitality Business of the Year Award
We are honored to have recently been awarded Business NH Magazine's '2013 Hospitality Business of the Year' and look forward to serving NH for many more years with the quality and value we are known for. Thank you for your patronage, promotion of our brands through word of mouth, and helping support the many charitable causes in our local communities through our fundraisers.
We Support our Community!
We take great pride in supporting our local communities. Aside from over $1,000,000 in gift certificates that we have donated since 1984 to thousands of non-profit organizations, more recently we have stepped it up, raising over $200,000 since November 2004 for The CareGivers, The High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, The Hundred Club of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Food Bank, The Animal Rescue League of NH, Make A Wish NH, Easter Seals and Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out.
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